Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Celebrating Birthdays!

Please Touch Museum is celebrating the birthdays of two very important artists this week!

Today, October 20, we celebrated the work of Crockett Johnson. Mr. Johnson is probably most famous to kids as the author and illustrator of the Harold and the Purple Crayon series of books. The first Harold book was published in 1955 and since then he has become an emblematic figure of children's literature, one of its most recognizable and beloved characters. Harold's adventures are wonderful depictions of the elaborate dramas and complex imaginative play that can arise from simple materials.

Mr. Johnson was also the creator of the comic strip Barnaby, which was a very popular comic in the 1940s and 1950s about a 5-year-old boy named Barnaby and his friends and family.

To celebrate the legacy of this wonderful author, some of PTM's artists created their own stories at our "Purple Crayon Drawing" activity. Here are some examples of their great work:

And on Thursday, October 22, we will be celebrating the birthday of artist Robert Rauschenberg! Rauschenberg was an American artist born in Texas in 1925. He was a pioneering artist in the use of non-traditional materials and found objects in art, especially in his combines. By using objects from the everyday world in his art, Rauschenberg gave ordinary things a new and interesting meaning.

On Thursday, to celebrate this important artist, kids can explore their own creativity and create their own mixed media artworks in our Program Room! Be sure to stop by!

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